Latest Update from HADCA 14.08.2020

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Harrogate & District Community Action
E-Bulletin 2020 ISSUE 29

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Coronavirus Community Support in Harrogate District  

1.  Community Support organisations 

North Yorkshire County Council and Harrogate Borough Council are working with 6 community support organisations  (CSOs) across the Harrogate District which are the point of contact for those who are alone and isolated by the pandemic and who have no other local support available.

The 6 CSOs arrange: shopping for food and essential items, collecting prescriptions, a friendly listening ear, information & signposting to online activities or someone who can help, if they can’t.

HADCA and our front-line HELP team is the Community Support Organisation for Harrogate and surrounding villages. In Ripon our team is working closely with Ripon Community House.

People who have additional needs can contact the County Council’s customer service centre on 01609 780780 (every day between 8am and 5:30pm ). There is information about the help and support available on the NYCC website

Now the Government programme for people shielding has stopped, the Community Support Organisations are still here to help.

2. Food support and essential delivery services in Harrogate District – August update 

The Resurrected Bites team is taking a well-earned rest from 10-21 August.

During this time people can turn to other organisations in the Harrogate District providing food support.

The Community Support Organisations are the point of contact for people who don’t know where to turn

For anyone finding it difficult to make ends meet in the Ripon area there is food support available from Ripon Community House

The team at Supporting Older People is working with partners to provide free Asda parcels of food and essential items together with free single portion fresh meals for anyone in need, in addition to their shopping and prescription collection and telephone befriending service for older people. The contact number is 07535 508043 if you know anyone who would benefit from any of these services.

St Peter’s Church, next to Primark in central Harrogate offer the following free services:
Monday to Saturday 8.15 – 8.45 breakfast available
Monday to Saturday 4 – 4.45 A hot takeout meal.
Sunday 1pm hot meal take out.

The Harrogate & Knaresborough Foodbanks: 10.30-12.30 Tuesdays & Fridays, Mowbray Church, Harrogate  & Monday 10.30-12.30 Holy Trinity Knaresborough there is help with a 3 day pack of in-date food and additional support. Vouchers for the foodbank can be accessed from St Peter’s Church or by contacting the Harrogate Community Support Organisation.

There is a list of businesses offering delivery (or take away) of food & essential items for people self isolating or shielding in Harrogate and the surrounding areas on our website.

3. HADCA  Where To Turn Directory  

Charity services, support and activities to promote good health and wellbeing in Harrogate District 

There are hundreds of charity services offering support listed in our searchable community information directory. Many are offering email, telephone and online support and activities, with a lot of information and guidance on their websites too.

To help people find the support they need, p lease let us know about changes to your charity services and any new services, online courses and activities you are providing. 
You can use the new themes (activity categories) ‘coronavirus support’ and ‘online activities’

Add your details  or request a form to update your entry  or simply email us the details of any local support you know about.

We will also continue to add updates to these regular bulletins and please Follow us on twitter for the latest news.

4.  If you need volunteers or are looking for a new opportunity to help a local charity visit our HADCA Volunteering Directory 

If some of your volunteers are self isolating at home and other volunteers now returning to work, you may need to recruit new volunteers. You may need people to help with fundraising and social media or help as charity shops and community buildings re-open.

You can add new roles and update existing opportunities to reflect current changes using our HADCA Volunteering Directory for Harrogate District.

Please log in or sign up to share the opportunities you have, so we can help promote these, all for free!

If you have any questions please email us  and we will be happy to help.


5. Coronavirus Community Fund Phase 3 (Recovery)
The Two Ridings Community Foundation Coronavirus Community Fund has re-opened for applications

Grants are available of up to £10,000 for individual and group applications. Partnership bids will also be considered.

In phase 3 grant making will support the development of self sufficient and resilient communities, by helping to support solutions rather than the symptoms of problems. Funds are available for either projects or running costs but the work supported must be aimed at strengthening communities and/or strengthening the organisations that provide vital support to communities.

The priorities for funding are:

  • Good jobs & economic growth
  • Zero hunger
  • Good health & wellbeing
  • No poverty
  • Reduced inequalities

Applications from organisations with an annual income of under £500,000 (based on current forecast annual income) will be prioritised. Groups must be based in and/or working in North Yorkshire, York, East Riding of Yorkshire or Hull,
Read more about The Coronavirus Community Fund Phase 3 (recovery)

6.  Harrogate Borough Council Discretionary Business Grants Scheme – phase 3 open for applications

Launched on 12 August, phase 3 of the Scheme offers eligible organisations, including charity properties, grants of up to £10,000, subject to criteria.
Please check the full criteria of the Scheme, which has been extended from phases one and two.
This is the final phase of the Scheme, with the closing date for all applications of 28 August.

7.  Food Banks and Community Food Projects Support Fund 

One off grants of up to £10,000 are available to voluntary and community sector food banks and other food supply schemes. The fund is to help people and families facing financial hardship over the coming months due to Covid-19. Deadline is  5pm 16 August 2020.


8. ESF Community Grants

A new round of Community Grants funding is now available for projects that can be delivered and adapted to continue throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme and the aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.
Funded activities must be aimed at unemployed individuals aged 18 years and over from the hardest to reach communities such as:

  • Disadvantaged geographical areas
  • Lone parents
  • People aged 50 and over
  • People from ethnic minorities
  • Females

However applications will be considered from any community that can evidence deprivation, for example homeless people and ex-offenders.
Deadline for Applications is Friday 25 September at 2pm.

9. The Leche Trust

The trust offers grants in two areas: performing arts and conservation.
Trustees meet three times each year and at each meeting have an allocation of around £30,000 for performing arts projects and £30,000 for conservation projects.

They will consider offering grants up to £5,000 but, because of demand, £5,000 grants are exceptional. In 2019 302 applications were received and 84 grants awarded totalling £175,300. The average grant was £2,000.
Next deadline is 28 August. 

10.  Coronavirus Community Support Fund

The CCSF which launched on 22 May, is funding projects and organisations that are supporting communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.
To date they have received over 10,000 applications and have awarded almost £55 million (of the allocated £200 million) to over 2,300 organisations in England.
The deadline for applications is 17 August  at noon.

11.  Postcode Neighbourhood Trust

The trust’s latest round of funding will help organisations affected by COVID-19. Grants of up to £20,000 will be provided under two themes: supporting your organisations resilience, and adapting/expanding services to meet new challenges. The deadline for applications is 19 August 2020.

12.  Theatre Reopening Fund

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to not-for-profit theatres across the UK to help  make Covid-19-related adaptions and prepare for re-opening. The scheme will run on a rolling basis throughout 2020.

13. Social Enterprise Support Fund

Round two of the Social Enterprise Support Fund opened 13 August. Grants of between £10,000 and £300,000  are available to social enterprises in England that are supporting people and communities affected by the pandemic. The deadline for applications is 1pm on Thursday 20 August.

14. The Starling Collective

GivingTuesday is building a new kind of learning collective for grassroots leaders to discover and share best practices for increasing generosity and driving systems change.The Starling Collective is designed to identify creative, passionate leaders who are working to accelerate particularly innovative approaches to catalyzing generosity, empathy, equity and justice.

If selected, you’ll participate in the Starling Collective learning community, and receive coaching and peer support from GivingTuesday’s global network of leaders, along with funds to fuel your work.
Applications must be received by 1 September 2020.
All applicants will be notified as to whether or not they’ve been accepted into the program by 6 October 2020.

15. Fundraising Regulator’s new webinar on the Code of Fundraising Practice

A pre-recorded short webinar which helps you understand what the code is, who it applies to, what the code covers and how to use the code, both online and offline.

16. DSC Espresso Express – Funding top tips

Jay Kennedy and the DSC research team give you some handy funding tips.

17. DSC Espresso Express – Top tips for managing funder relationships in a crisis

Director of Policy and Research, Jay Kennedy, gives you 7 top tips for managing funder relationships in a crisis.

18. Is social investment right for us?

This diagnostic tool will help you decide whether social investment is right for your organisation.
It takes about 2-3 minutes to complete and it will ask you questions about your organisation and your financial needs.


19. Heart of Our Community

At HADCA we’re proud to be a NAVCA member bringing people together across Harrogate & Ripon district to help others safely and effectively.

Thank you to the NAVCA team for a new video showing the value of organisations like HADCA, whose work is often unseen. The #HeartOfOurCommunity video is a celebration and a thank you to teams across the country for their dedication and hard work during these difficult times.

A big thank you from HADCA too to all local charities, volunteers, local authority, health and local business partners who have together worked so hard these last few months to keep people safe and well.

20.  Beyond Charities: Looking at wider Civil Society

NCVO do an analysis of the charity sector every year in their UK Civil Society Almanac, and where they can, they also look at civil society as a whole.

NCVO think civil society encompasses whatever exists in the space between the state and the market, between individually and publicly owned.

This week they’ve published a briefing, Beyond Charities, which gives a fuller picture of the size, scope and finances of civil society in the UK. The full report is free to read online. The blog summarises the key trends identified.

21.  Learning with Leaders

Free essential webinar series for charity leaders from the Cranfield Trust featuring guest speakers, all of whom are leading experts and practitioners within their fields. Topics for this series include leadership through turbulent times, the benefits of working with a mentor or coach after a crisis, and promoting organisational agility and innovation to navigate uncertainty.

22.  Charity leaders’ confidence about the future is plummeting

In June 2020, the Third Sector Trends Study carried out a ‘one question survey’ with former participants of its major study across England and Wales which took place in 2019.

Its purpose was to find out the extent to which charity leaders’ attitudes had changed about their prospects for the future after the shock of the Coronavirus pandemic. Inevitably, following the onset of Covid-19 and in light of its social and economic consequences, confidence has taken a serious knock.

23.  One-third of charities say they will need to make redundancies within the next 12 months

Acevo have published their new charity health check report, a monthly survey monitoring the financial health of a group of charities based in England and Wales. Charities were asked to consider whether, during the month of July, financial conditions have improved, deteriorated or stayed the same in five key categories.

24. What have we learnt from the Covid-19 volunteering boom?

New Philanthropy Capital’s Chief Executive, Dan Corry, talks in this blog about the need for a critical reflection on what has worked and what has not during this crisis.

25. Are young people replacing older volunteers?

The number of older volunteers has declined during the pandemic, exacerbating trends across the sector over the past eight years. Find out more in this nfpSynergy blog.

26. National Business Response Network 

This Business in the Community  Network  aims to connect business support to community need in the Covid-19 crisis.

27. Returning to the workplace after the COVID-19 lockdown – a toolkit

Many people are feeling anxious about returning to workplaces after the lockdown. Mind charity has  collaborated with others to put together some tips to help manage the transition.
More about Coronavirus and work, as well as tips for employers here

28. COVID Guidance for holiday clubs and out-of-school activities

Government COVID guidance for anyone providing out-of-school activities/holiday clubs/groups/education/tuition etc. for children and young people.

29. ‘Please give me space’

Optional badges that can be used to show the carrier may have difficulties or concerns in maintaining social distancing.


30. What role do we all play in supporting those who are living with multiple conditions?

Why is a focus on multiple long-term conditions important? Watch this new short animation from the Taskforce on Multiple Conditions  to find out more.

31.  The national flu immunisation programme for 2020 to 2021

Details of the programme and groups eligible for flu vaccination.

32.  Support for young autistic people to understand the issues around race and racism.

Articles, guides and easy-read resources which have been led by BAME experiences and autism expertise to support young autistic people understand the issues around inclusion and diversity.

33.  Help for pregnant BAME women to recognise risks from coronavirus

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Local Maternity System has created a series of films in community languages, delivered by clinicians, that aim to raise awareness among pregnant BAME women about risk factors, signs and symptoms of coronavirus infection and how to protect themselves.


34.  Harrogate district Covid -19 Community Recovery Plan

With public and voluntary sector partner organisations, Harrogate Borough Council is working on a plan to support communities recover from the pandemic.
They would ike to know what impact Covid-19 has had on residents of the district and what the new ‘normal’ means for their daily life.
Feedback will be used to ensure future support best reflects and matches the needs of communities – and people – across the district
Please complete the short survey as a resident and encourage others to do so too.
The closing date is 30 September 2020.


35.  HADCA Introduction Session
Wednesday 22 September 11am on Zoom

Anyone is welcome; whether they are new to the area, in a new role in the voluntary or statutory sector, or would just like to find out what HADCA does and what is happening locally. Please share with anyone you think may be interested.

We’ll run through an informal presentation on the services we provide, including our Where To Turn information and HELP front line services. There will be an opportunity to ask questions as we go along and to make connections and discuss any issues with fellow attendees.
Please Book Your Place 

36.  Date for your diary – HADCA AGM 
Please put 15 October in your diary. More details to follow soon. We hope you will be able to join us.

37. IDAS online workshops

Bitesize workshops are free and are aimed at professionals and partners
Find out more and register to attend using the links below:
Domestic Abuse, Protective orders, Civil and Family Court Proceedings: 10 am, 20 August and will be run via Teams.
Domestic Abuse, Children & Young People: 1 pm, 17 September
Domestic Abuse, Risk Assessment & MARAC: 11 am, 22 October

38.  Devolution and local government changes

The government has ordered North Yorkshire to get rid of our two-tier local council system before a devolution deal can be gained.
Each local authority has been asked to submit their bid for what the new arrangements could look like (in September 2020). The government will then consider the merits of the bids and decide which option to look at further.

The government will then carry out a consultation so everyone could have their say on the future of North Yorkshire. Then there would need to be agreement between all relevant local authority areas and the government about what a devolution deal would look like, with the new arrangements in place in May 2022.

District and borough council leaders, including Harrogate Borough Council, are working together on a bid 

North Yorkshire County Council’s proposals

39. Youth Voice Group

An opportunity for young people aged 11-18 who are interested in Mental Health to be part of a youth voice group.
They will hear about local and national mental health awareness events, workshops, campaigns and more. Email: to get involved.

40. Introduction to creative crafts

This North Yorkshire Adult Learning online free 4 week course is to explore creative crafts, specifically textiles and is suitable to progress onto an accredited course in the future. Explore a number of textile methods, develop samples using a variety of materials and complete a small project.

There is the choice of 2 start dates: Every Friday 25 September to 16 October, 10:00-12:30 or every Monday 28 September to 19 October, 10:00-12:30

For more information and to book online , visit the NYCC website ,  call 01609 780780 and ask for ‘Adult Learning’ or email

Search for other online courses here    

41.  Free disposable face masks available

A quantity of disposable face masks have been donated to Harrogate Borough Council. These are being offered free to local charities and community groups and  expressions of interest are being requested.
To register your interest please email detailing your contact details, the charity or community group and how many you would like.

Local voluntary and community sector job opportunities

Opportunities to work with HADCA member organisations and our partners will appear on our HADCA website

Mind in Harrogate District – Befriending Coordinator

Citizens Advice Craven and Harrogate Districts – Help To Claim Officer

SASH (Safe and Sound Homes) – Senior Fundraiser

The Avalon Group – Shared Lives Carer (Adult Social Care)

If you would like your opportunity to appear you can  Add a Job to our website. This is a free service for HADCA full member organisations.



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